Arrival of your puppy Through all of the excitement and anticipation, your puppy is finally home!!  The first thing we want to do is show the world our new family member.  And as understandable as that may be, your first concern has to be welcoming your puppy with the least amount of stress possible. Remember, your pup has just left everything familiar to them including their littermates.  There are new smells, a new environment and they are alone.  This time can be very stressful for your puppy until he or she adjusts.  ~Stress can cause a lack of appetite and loose stools.  We recommend feeding your puppy three times a day.  If your puppy refuses, it is always a good idea to have Nutrical supplement on hand so their sugar levels do not drop. ~Schedule the pick up of your puppy when you will have a couple of days off.  Your puppy is going to need reassurance in a new environment as well as supervision.  ~Do not allow the puppy to have full run of the house the first couple of days.  Allow the pup to accept your home on his / her own terms so it is comfortable and gradual transition. ~Common sense dictates that there may be accidents.  Please refer to our housebreaking your puppy link. ~Stick to the feeding schedule you were given by us so the pup’s body will stay in routine.  ~Being overly generous with treats at this time can cause digestive upset.  Introducing new treats can cause digestive upset.  If you want to treat your puppy for good behavior perhaps consider using a piece of their food kibble.  They will appreciate the gesture just the same. ~If you have children, be sure that they understand that sleep is very important to the puppy and that he / she should not be disturbed to play. ~A puppy can and will play themselves into exhaustion.  Be sure to monitor the amount of play your puppy gets.  Do not assume they will nap when they are tired. ~Always accompany your puppy when taking them outside.  This can be a scary experience so they will need you to accompany them.  Praise when they eliminate.  Even into adulthood, it is never a good idea to leave your dog outside unsupervised. ~Interact with them in play, affection and do not expect too much with housebreaking.  Remain patient and understanding.  ~If you can not watch the puppy carefully, place them in their puppy playpen so you can attend to business knowing your puppy is safe and not getting into trouble. ~Pups will sometimes cry when left alone.  They are pack animals and do not understand that you will return.  Soft music or a television will offer comfort when you are absent.  An indestructible toy may offer entertainment.  Use a monotone voice with a phrase when leaving as well as the same monotone voice on return. ~Never leave your puppy for long periods of time.  It is impossible for them to hold their bladder for extended times.   This cute little pup relies on you completely. ~After a couple days of adjustment, your puppy will be well on his / her way to adjusting.  Company is always welcome after several days. ~Through the night, it will be a normal process for your puppy to cry for you.  Practice understanding but do not give in to every call or you will quickly teach the puppy that fussing gains results.  Placing a crate in your room may be an annoyance for you if your puppy fusses but this will only last for a short time.  Expect interrupted sleep but remember you also set the course in your pup’s schedule.  If you decide to tire them out with play in the middle of the night, you may set a precedence.  Take the pup outside to go to the bathroom and put them back to bed.  Wishing you happy new beginnings!
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